The government of the Province of Ontario has announced:
“Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.”
Public health unit regions allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. include the Leeds Grenville Lanark Health Unit.
Businesses and services permitted to
reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering
Stage 2 include:
Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
Camping at private campgrounds;
Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
Recent Council items: “Downtown Renewal”, safer crossings on Ottawa and Paterson Streets, lowering Golden Line Road speed limits to consistency with the City of Ottawa and residents’ wishes and more. What are your views?
I am one of the members of the Mississippi Mills Police Services Board, and attend the municipal, County and Zone 2 meetings. The provincial government may soon be making changes to amalgamate some of these boards.
At the recent County meeting hosted by Lanark Highlands, Detachment Commander Derek Needham discussed the detachment’s 2018 Progress Report and provided second quarter statistics comparing 2018 to 2019, that I have extracted for just Mississippi Mills here.
Commander Needham listed two ways that you can help reduce policing costs:
1 – LOCK YOUR VEHICLE – There has been an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles. Residences in towns are more attractive and vulnerable because they are close together (not too far for lazy thieves to walk, unlike long country lanes to houses). Unfortunately spates of petty thefts and mischief happen in more densely populated areas.
2 – PUT YOUR PHONE TO SLEEP, IF NOT OFF – This prevents “pocket” 911 calls that are a waste of police and other precious resources.
The Police Services Board meetings are open to the public and often very interesting. The next Mississippi Mills meeting is on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:30 at the Council Chambers of Mississippi Mills, 3131 Old Perth Road.
Mississippi Mills firefighters need to drill, inspect and train regularly in order to protect us. Councillor Dalgity and I were pleased to join more than twenty of them at one of their weekly sessions on a beautiful evening. We observed inspection and cleaning of the hoses, went to the Appleton dry hydrant to see its operation with a tanker, and sat in on First Responder training in the classroom. We are extremely proud that our department has been approved to be a regional training centre in Eastern Ontario.
The Dry Hydrant
Dry hydrants are at several locations in the municipality. The one pictured above is in Appleton. You may recall a recommendation to close the 7B Bridge at Indian Creek? Well, there is a dry hydrant on one side; that was one of the reasons that residents objected to the closure. And please do not park in front of them, thank you.
“A good firefighter knows how, an educated firefighter knows why.”
Firefighting equipment must be in good condition and inspected regularly. New firefighters are trained in the care and operation of the equipment regularly.
Our volunteer firefighters are often the first responders to vehicle and other accidents or illnesses. Here, the team helps a “40-year-old unconscious jogger” who collapsed on Union Street and had a weak, then absent pulse. We are extremely fortunate in having experienced paramedics and City of Ottawa firefighters among our volunteers. They shared their knowledge with others during this session. Notice that the trainer/patient has a death-like grip on his marker!
Councillor Dalgity and I are grateful to the firefighters and Interim Chief Giberson for allowing us to observe and permission to take photos.